Petition for access to garda station
A petition opened by local election candidate Rory O'Connor is calling on the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan TD to give the public access to Enniskerry Garda station. The Garda station is manned, but no-one from the public is allowed access it for basic state services.
'The people of Enniskerry, Kilmacanogue, Curtlestown and surrounding areas no longer have public access to the Garda station in Enniskerry Village. This means that residents in the area have to travel to Bray, causing a major inconvenience for those with mobility issues and those who are not car owners to access the most basic state services, like getting forms stamped etc.,' said Mr O'Connor.
'This is an absurd decision made by the Fine Gael Government, that sees active Gardaí on duty in the station, but no public access allowed. This puts extra pressure on Gardaí in Bray, who are already stretched to the limit. This is just a common-sense proposal and I would call on the Minister for Justice to re-open the station for public access as soon as possible."
O'Connor said he was encouraged with the initial response and feedback and urged residents to sign the petition as many locals see this as the first step to the eventual closure of the station thereby increasing the risk of more crime in the area.